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Need interesting place to take someone from SF

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A friend from San Francisco will be in town and I'd like to take her somewhere fun with price range for dinner entrees no more than $15, somewhere between San Gabriel Valley to L.A. I've taken her to brunch at Bottega Louie, dinner at Ciudad a long time ago, way before the bad economy, and to Saladang Song even though their food isn't superb, but they have a really nice setting. I'm thinking of taking her this time to Wurstkuche but their portions are small and unfilling. I'd love to take her to LaMill cuz I love their food but their portions are also small and unfilling, and much pricier.

Anyway, this is to give you an idea of what I mean by fun and interesting.

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  1. I would recommend ethnic. Guelaguetza on Olympic and Normandie or Monte Alban in West LA have good food, a nice atmosphere and are in your price range.

    Jitlada in Hollywood for Thai would also be in the price range. You could get three (possibly four) dishes to share for what you would spend on two $15 entrees.

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    Jitlada
    5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

    Monte Alban
    11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

    Guelaguetza
    3014 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

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    1. re: Jwsel

      These are excellent suggestions. SF definitely lags behind WLA when it comes to Oaxacan food. And Thai food in SF seems to lag behind LA generally.

      1. re: a_and_w

        I mainly eat ethnic food, but for some reason I don't feel like taking her somewhere ethnic this time, although I'm not ruling it out completely.

    2. Go to Wurstkuche, but order more than one sausage per person to share. Still affordable and more fun to try several.

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      Wurstkuche
      800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

        1. re: badvlad

          Thanks for your input, but I wouldn't take anyone to Roscoe's cuz I don't even take myself there. I remember going there a few years ago and I ordered ONE thigh and ONE waffle: $6. The way I see it, for that yucky depressing atmosphere, it better be dirt cheap.

        2. i would say olvera street
          or
          cole's french dip
          or
          a walk around chinatown (during the day) and a bahn mi at 314 ord street (or many possible chinese options)
          or
          grand central market
          or
          hollywood farmers market.

          all of these include fun walks around where you are. i like wurstkuche a lot - but it is pricy and not too filling under $15.